U16 and U20 finals day
Wednesday 27th August 2007
Northop Hall defeated St Helens in the semi final mainly due to an outstanding opening century partnership between Michael Barnes and Ed Markey in only 11 overs. Northop Hall went on to total 145 and win the game despite a gallant effort by the St Helens team.
Fleetwood Hesketh defeated Northern by 7 wickets in the other semi final. Jack Boardman gave Northern a bright start but with his dismissal the Northern team struggled to score quickly against some tight bowling especially from Scott Francis and Phil Jones as Northern totalled 99.
The final was a superb game with both teams playing exciting cricket.
Northop Hall batted first and totalled 133 from their 20 overs with Ed Markey (39) giving them a fantastic start with some wonderful straight drives. With further impetus added by Roberts (25) and Clubbe (35) , Northop Hall set a challenging target.
Fleetwood Hesketh's reply centred around a second wicket stand of 84 between Andy Watts (44) and Hugh Summerfield (26) before both were dismissed in consecutive balls. Fox bowled superbly in his 4 over spell taking 1-12. Liam Harris (35 not out) and Phil Jones then upped the run rate as Fleetwood chased hard for victory but the wicket of Jones left Fleetwood needing 10 from 5 balls.
Harris and Matthew Walsh then scored well leaving Harris to face the last ball and he duly hit the three runs needed for victory.
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Northern totalled 165 against Wallasey and were the victors by 40 runs. scorecard
Northern batted first and made an explosive start with Steve Mullaney and Steve Cole scoring boundaries at will. Despite good bowling from Oliver Jump and Astle, Northern kept the run rate high all the way through with Jones being the main contributor from the middle order. With a flourish in the final over, Northern made 165 from their 20 overs.
Highfield made a slow start in reply and needed 110 from the last 10 overs with 9 wickets in hand. It was then that Todd Astle and Craig Aspey made a superb attempt to win the game with scoring shots to all parts of the ground. Astle (80) only being dismissed with the winning line in sight and only 28 runs needed from 3 overs. Aspey was unable to control the strike at this stage and with a superb last over from Steve Mullaney, Highfield ended 15 runs short of victory leaving the home team to take the shield.
Steve Mullaney was awarded the man of the match by league chairman Ted Williams for his 58 off 22 balls and 3 wickets. scorecard
Ted Williams the league chairman, felt the whole competition had been a huge success and said: "Tim Watkins and Andy Grice came to me with this idea in early May and to get where we are and have a brilliant day with 6 games of cricket at one venue on one day is a superb achievement. Some fantastic cricket was played by all the teams and we would like to make sure these competitions continue in the future. Can I also thank Northern for providing their wonderful venue for the finals day".
Northern CC Chairman Andy Davies praised Andy Grice for his handling of the organisation of the event and said Northern have already booked the date in their diary for next year.